Hello friends! Can you believe we have reached the last week of February already? March is coming at us fast.
In honor of our last week of February, I want to continue to share some instructional techniques that my students and I always enjoy so much! I incorporate multisensory teaching techniques as much as possible in my classroom, which means many of my activities are hands-on, particularly within small groups. I have two brief video clips to share with you today that feature tactile learning experiences I have found to be particularly effective. Spoiler alert: if you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen these before. I hope you will revisit them with me again here today, though!
I simply call this the “trace and erase” technique. You can use it to reinforce correct letter formation or to practice sight words! This provides a fun, but effective, tactile experience for our little learners! You only need a white board, marker, and fingertip!
You may be familiar with this next routine. I did not invent this one! 😉 In this video, we are using the “Wet, Dry, Try” technique (from Handwriting Without Tears) to reinforce letter formation and sound correspondence! This is another effective-but-fun technique that supports letter formation as well as phonics skills!
Tip: If you have a student that really struggles to make the letter-to-sound connection, have them omit the word "says" in this routine. Simply say "letter name" then "letter sound" throughout the process.
Okay, here's my last video to share today, and I have saved the best for last! I have no name for this... we can simply refer to it as a “Magical” Sight Word Strategy! I think it’s wonderful when we can create a learning experience that feels “magical” to our children! This video features my daughter, as she works on a new sight word. (She was 4 at the time!) She doesn’t know that this is a multisensory technique that will help store this sight word away for long-term memory retention, nor does she need to understand all that. She just thinks there’s magic in her fingertips... and what a way to learn!
This will wrap up my focus on "LOVEly Instruction" for this month. I sincerely hope you have found something you can take away from one of this month's posts!